Man extradited from California for 2020 deadly DUI crash in Sedgwick County

Gabriel Ortiz
Gabriel Ortiz(Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department)
Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 10:47 AM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 26, 2022: A man extradited to Wichita from San Diego made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court in which he was formally charged in connection with a September 2020 deadly DUI crash.

Charges against Gabriel Ortiz include second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and tree counts of aggravated battery for driving under the influence and causing great bodily harm. A Sedgwick County judge set Ortiz’s bond at $200,000.

On Tuesday, members of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office extradition unit arrested Gabriel Ortiz at the San Diego County Jail and transported him to the Sedgwick County Jail, where he was booked for a warrant issued for murder in the second degree, involuntary manslaughter (alternative) and three counts of aggravated battery. Ortiz was due to make his first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon.

The charges stem from a vehicle collision that occurred in 2020.

On September 5, 2020, an Infinity Q50 SUV crossed the centerline of the roadway at 5600 W MacArthur and struck a Toyota Sienna van head on. The passenger of the Sienna, Sonia Lopez (55) of Wichita, died from injuries sustained during the collision. Two passengers in the Infinity and the driver of the Sienna sustained serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

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